Master Gardeners of Hamilton County Contributed Photo / How and when to prune trees will be among subjects taught in the upcoming Master Gardener Training Course.

The University of Tennessee and Master Gardeners of Hamilton County announce that registration is open for the 2020 Master Gardener Training Course.

There are two class options offered: Monday evenings beginning Jan. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. or Tuesday mornings beginning Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. Classes will meet for 15 consecutive weeks (40 hours) through the end of April, ending with a graduation ceremony in May. Classes will take place at the UT Extension Office, 6183 Adamson Circle, off Bonny Oaks Drive.

The UT/Master Gardener Training Course is open to experienced and beginning gardeners. It offers the most current, research-based information available on topics related to home gardening and landscaping.

If you go

› What: Master Gardener Training Course

› Where: UT Extension Office, 6183 Adamson Circle, off Bonny Oaks Drive

› When: Classes start 6- 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6; or 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Jan. 7

› Fee: $170 per person, $270 per couple

› For more information: 423-855-6113.

Subjects to be covered include soil and water management, mulch and fertilizers, controlling pests and plant diseases, basic landscaping, vegetable, flower and herb gardening, understanding native plants, attracting wildlife, beekeeping and other gardening issues.

"Each year, we offer our Master Gardener training classes for an eager group of interested gardeners. Over the 15-week course, they are introduced to the most up-to-date information about gardening and landscaping techniques presented by UT Extension specialists and local experts in horticulture," says Extension Agent Tom Stebbins.

"Our own experienced Master Gardeners serve as mentors and guides into the many volunteer activities undertaken by MGHC members all around Hamilton County. In addition to 40 hours of informative lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experience, trainees attend Master Gardener meetings and earn volunteer hours and education credits toward becoming certified Master Gardeners. We look forward to meeting new Master Gardeners at this year's classes and welcoming them into our community."

The cost of the course is $170 per person, which includes a comprehensive information handbook, numerous handouts and more. Couples taking the class and sharing materials may enroll for $270. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Applications can be obtained at the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County website: or by phone at 423-855-6113. For questions, email Extension Agent Tom Stebbins at



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